Posts belonging to Category 'General'

Minnesota’s first war heroes

Four years ago, Jay Wittenberg began painting portraits of the courageous men from Washington County who answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for more troops and went off to fight in the Civil War.
He collected biographical information on the band of young farmers, teachers, loggers, lawyers and students, and obtained photographs from books and websites to [...]

How much do we know about General Sherman?

Ask Frank Bullock a question about Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and the local Civil War buff can instantly can paint a picture of a man who was both brilliant and controversial.
“He was a very complex personality, probably borderline genius,” Bullock explains about Sherman. “He had an unusual ability; most of us can see the details [...]

Supporters ride to the rescue of Civil War general

How serious is Tom Paul about portraying Civil War Gen. William S. Rosecrans?
He has three replica uniforms and his own cannon.
“It will fire, but I use it mostly as a potato (gun),” said Paul, 61.
Kids love it.

What a Woman Can Do: Mother Xavier Ross

As the Civil War approached, 1850s Kansas was center-stage for the brewing conflict. Pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions battled it out for control of the state with knives, guns, even with cannons. Located on the banks of the Missouri River, Leavenworth was a bustling city where, as one historian has written, “robberies, stabbings, lynchings, hangings, tarrings [...]

Belles, bullets and bacon: Women in the Civil War

A friend recently asked me a question – “What happened to the women during The Civil War?  It couldn’t all have been big skirts and fancy balls,“ she queried.
?This is a very intelligent, professional lady.  It hadn’t occurred to me that this simple subject would be such a mystery; growing up in the South I [...]

Business as battle: The lessons of war

Instead of spending the day in front of a computer as usual, a group of technology professionals gamely followed their boss across the battlefields of Gettysburg to where a pivotal skirmish was fought nearly 150 years ago.
At the summit of Little Round Top, Rocky Cintron, chief executive of Force 3, a Crofton-based consulting firm, read [...]

Arizona’s Camel Military Corps and Hi Jolly

Do you realize that if it hadn’t been for the Civil War there might be herds of wild camels roaming Arizona’s deserts today? That would be something to see, don’t you think?
Of course, if it hadn’t been for the Civil War lots of things would be different, but that’s neither here nor there. Arizona’s adventure [...]

Historian studies track of Underground Railroad

A possible Underground Railroad site in Plymouth, commonly referred to as the Armistead House, will receive a visit from a notable historian Thursday to determine whether the house was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Carl Westmoreland, senior historian with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, wants to determine if the house was [...]

Civil War statue has local ties

–”The best thing I saw stolen during the war was in Fredericksburg,” a Union soldier bragged to his comrade. He described an ornate bronze statue of a “Crusader knight” mounted on horseback, standing 33 inches tall.
His details were so precise that the lady who overheard him in one of Baltimore’s public squares realized he was [...]

Illinois Civil War website launched

A new website that lists events from 2011 to 2015 in Illinois to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will launch Feb. 1.
The comprehensive events calendar may be accessed starting Feb. 1 at, and includes all events submitted to date. Other events may be added over the next four years by following [...]